Hiring A Painting Contractor
Why the lowest price may not be the best value
Professional painting contractors are well educated on the different aspects of any painting project and that knowledge helps eliminate surprises. Experience in paint application is as important as your selection of a contractor, as are the skills to properly manage their business and your project
Preparation and Painting
Getting the surface properly prepared makes sure the the coating will last. Professional contractors know the value of preparation and will do it right.
Knowledge of Paints and How to Apply Them
The choices today are more complicated than just oil and latex. Professional contractors will know what works, how to use and will have the right tools to do the job. Professional contractors utilize and often partner with professional paint, coatings, and wall covering suppliers.
Professional contractors won’t leave you to worry about dealing with trash and potentially hazardous waste from the project. Professionals know how to handle and dispose of this waste and will do so often without you even asking.
Choosing the Right Contractor
Once you have decided that you want to hire a professional for your painting project how do you go about selecting one? Do you make your selection on price, size of company or years in business? The best place to start is to choose a company that is licensed, bonded and insured for work in your area. Quality contractors will be only too happy to provide you with copies of their certificates of insurance. In addition license and bonding information can be found on the Labor and Industries website.
Hiring a Professional
Written contracts are a must. Reputable contractors will encourage the use of a written contract and will rarely ask for money up front. The contract should clearly state the scope of the work to be preformed and should cover such items as surfaces to be painted or stained methods, extent of surface preparation and payment procedures.
Knowing the total scope of the work enables you to carefully evaluate the different bids you may receive with the proper information and keep them on a level playing field. The contract serves to protect both you and the contractor.
When you first contact a contractor for a bid you should ask for a list of references. This list should include the contact person, address and telephone number of some pervious clients. Follow up on this list with some phone calls.
Remember you should look for long term durability of the paint job and ask about any problems the reference had with the contractor on their project.
Just remember that the time you spend verifying references insures that you will know what to expect when it comes to your project.
After Hiring your Painting Contractor
Good contractors are very proud of their craftsmanship. Once you have made your selection, step back and give the professional room to work on the project. You have both done your homework, so give the professional the opportunity to meet and exceed your expectations. If you want a high quality paint job with reliable service you will end up spending more but you are bound to be a lot happier with the result.
Questions to ask a prospective contractor
1. What kind of preparation are you doing for my home?
2. Will you prime bare wood?
3. Does this include the paint? What quality of paint?
4. Will there be any addition charges?
5. Are you Licensed, bonded and insured?
6. How long will my project take?
7. Do you remove all trash and waste when the project is completed?
8. How many coats of paint will it take?
9. How much you charge for additional work?
10. Do you require a deposit?
11. Do you warranty your work? What is the warranty?
Questions to ask references
1. What type of project did they do for you?
2. Would you use them again or recommend them to a friend?
3. How was the communication during the project?
4. How was scheduling and did they show up on time?
5. Where there any unexpected charges on your project?
6. How is the paintjob standing up?
7. Can I come by and see the completed project?
EPA Lead Guidelines
After three decades of working to reduce the exposure of lead, the EPA (Environmental Agency) came out in April 2010 with new federal laws. These laws require all contractors "preforming renovation" on painting projects to be certified. Any work where lead paint might be present has to have specific work practices to prevent lead contamination. In 1978 the federal government banned the use of lead-based pint on homes. Before buying or renting homes built pre- 1978 laws requiring that individuals receive information concerning lead based paint became effective. High levels of exposure to lead is damaging to children's nervous systems and pregnant women, being that both are still developing and the unborn child is growing inside the mother.
The Secretary of the United States stated in 1991 that lead is the number one environmental threat to the health of children in the United States.
Nervous system damage, behavioral problems, learning problems, slowed growth, headaches and other conditions are just a few of the things children exposed to high levels of lead can suffer from.
Environmental Protection Agency accredited Renovators are trained on how to effectively protect household items from the contamination to lead while working on projects where lead might be present. Knowing how to use high--powered equipment, while working with an area containing lead, as well as how to contain the dust that might accumulate.
Kevin's Island Custom Coatings has received the EPA Certification and can assist yo on any project where lead contamination might be present.